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2019 PMC Kids Rides

Westwood

Sunday, June 23, 2019
Martha Jones School

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Event Details

  • Sunday, June 23, 2019
  • Martha Jones School
    80 Martha Jones Rd., Westwood, MA 02090
  • 8:30 to 11 am
  • Ages 2 to 15
  • Rider Registration
    • Registration Fee: $20 until May 20, $25 after
  • Required fundraising: $30, suggested $100
  • Early Check-In for Riders & Volunteers: Thursday, June 20 –Location TBD
  • Contact: sara.mirson@gmail.com

Welcome to the 12th Westwood PMC Kids Ride

Over the last 11 years, the Westwood PMC Kids Ride alone has raised nearly $590,000 that directly benefits both Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Our ride was able to raise this money due to your participation and fundraising towards our ride. We hope you will participate again in this year's 12th Westwood PMC Kids Ride. Together, let's meet our 2019 goal of raising $65,000.

Grab your bikes to join in Westwood's 12th annual PMC Kids Ride. Whether you have participated in the past or are new to the ride, this is an event you do not want your kids to miss. Throughout the day there will be face painting, bike decorating, field games, music and refreshments. The PMC Kids Ride gives children the opportunity to be involved in the fight against cancer. Too many of us have been impacted by cancer and this is one way, one mile at a time, we can make a difference. 

If you would like to help plan this year's Westwood PMC Kids Ride, please contact Sara Mirson

 

Schedule of Events

  • 7:45 am – Registration opens, bike tune-ups from Landry's Norwood, face painting, bike decorating
  • 9 am – Opening ceremonies and riders head out
  • 9:30 - 11:30 am – Post ride party! Riders and their families can enjoy refreshments, music, raffles announcements, and giveaways from Yasso and Unreal Candy.

Families are encouraged to ride or walk to the event as parking will be limited. There will be no parking at the Martha Jones School!

Routes

Choose a route that is achievable. We encourage riders to go the distance but also want to make sure the event is enjoyable. 
  • Allisa's Ride (1 mile): Perfect ride for kids just starting to ride a bike. Riders ride along a paved path through the woods and then onto streets that are closed to traffic. Older kids can do more than one loop to challenge themselves. Recommended for children ages 2-7. Route map
  • Five for Fighting (5 miles): A 5-mile ride through the neighborhoods of Westwood. Children ride on the open road (with adult ride chaperones). Your child should have the skills necessary to ride safely on the road with car traffic. Recommended for children ages 8-12. Route map
  • Westwood Strong (10 miles) A 10-mile ride for those who want a real challenge. It's the 5-mile route doubled and is for experienced riders ages 10-15. Route map


About Alexa'a Awesome Obstacle Course

In April of 2010, Westwood resident, Alexa Kelly was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia at the age of 5. Alexa's Awesome Obstacle Course was established in her honor to enable younger kids to participate in the fun, community-building and fundraising of the PMC Westwood Kids Ride.  With her two-year battle behind her, Alexa is happy and healthy and living life to the fullest.

Register to Ride

Parents will need to create an account or log in with an existing account in order to register their child or family. When creating an account, please enter the parent's information first as there will be a separate part in registration to enter the child's information. During registration there is the option to join or create a team, as well as create a family page. Parents will need to sign a waiver and commit to the $30 fundraising minimum per rider.

Once registration is complete, parents will receive an email with information on how to log into their management page to customize donation pages and to track donations. 

'47  supports the 2019 PMC Kids Rides program. Riders who register for the Westwood PMC Kids Ride and pay a $20 registration fee will receive a $20 coupon to the Jersey St. store (19 Jersey St., Boston, MA) in their registration packet. Certain restrictions apply, coupons expire December 31, 2019). 

Fundraising

Our goal is to work together to raise funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to support cancer research, to help find cures for cancer, and to better the treatment plans for cancer patients. To help with this, a minimum fundraising amount of $30 per rider is required (due by September 1, 2019).

Riders who go above and beyond with their fundraising will be recognized Heavy Hitters or Breakaway Fundraisers and will receive a special gift in recognition of their fundraising efforts. 

  • Heavy Hitter – $300+ (riders will receive a sack pack)
  • Breakaway Fundraiser– $800+ (riders will receive a backpack)
If you raise $100 or more, you will be entered in a raffle to win various items.

Fundraising Tips

  • Customize your rider profile page (include why you are riding and a photo)
  • Start your fundraising early
  • Send out hand-written letters or emails to your friends and family
  • Host a fundraising party
  • Use social media to spread the word
Click here for more fundraising tips

Donate

100 percent of all rider-raised dollars go directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Donate online or by check. Checks can be made payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge or PMC. Please send all checks to:

PMC Kids Rides
77 4th Ave
Needham, MA 02494

Make sure that the rider's name is listed so they can receive credit!

Safety

  1. Wear a properly-fitted helmet (children and adults must wear helmets if they are riding).
  2. Ride in control – this is not a race.
  3. Hands should remain on handlebars.
  4. Never wear any kind of headphones. You need to hear clearly.
  5. Follow the ride guides and volunteers.
  6. When passing, make sure to yell “on your left!”
  7. If you need to slow down or stop to cross an intersection or obstacle, yell “slowing” or “stopping” to alert those behind you.

Each PMC Kids Ride has a licensed medical professional on site. 

Register to Volunteer

To make this a successful event we need lots of volunteers! Teenagers (13+) and adults are welcome to register online as a volunteer. All volunteers will receive an official PMC Kids Rides volunteer t-shirt!

Riding for Daniel

We are thrilled this year to dedicate the 12th Annual Westwood PMC Kids Ride to Westwood 4-year-old Daniel Kelleher! The event will honor Daniel’s 2 year battle with cancer and celebrate the end of his treatment which he wrapped up in February.

"Daniel had just turned two when he was diagnosed," says mom Lori Kelleher who was 9 months pregnant with her second child at the time. "We had brought him to the doctor because he had started limping a few days prior and after some blood work they sent us right to Children's where we camped out for the next month so Daniel could receive treatment." Daniel was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) which is a type of blood cancer that can progress rapidly if not treated immediately. "Three days into our stay," continues Lori, "I walked over to deliver my daughter at Brigham and Women’s and brought her back over. The staff and nurses at Dana-Farber did such an amazing job accommodating the four of us so we could all be together."  

"The crazy thing about all this is he wasn't ever a sick kid. He was always smiling and running around, he was just a happy, easy little boy, and this diagnosis came out of nowhere. It could truly happen to any family." Daniel continued to receive chemo on a weekly basis (in addition to 9 different drugs he had to take daily) for the next two years.

"Not nearly enough money goes to pediatric cancer research," Lori says. "Every little bit helps, whether it's funding or awareness, anything we can do to make people understand how devastating a cancer diagnosis is for a child and their family. Starting to teach kids at an early age to give back is so, so important. Funds from events like the Westwood PMC Kids ride go directly to Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund to help families like mine. It pays for the research behind treatments Daniel had to undergo, the monthly labs and check-ins that he will continue to have, as well as the activities he participated in and the toys he played with while going through chemo.” 

“We aren’t out of the woods yet,” says Lori, “side-effects of treatment could rear their ugly head at any time. But we hope the worst of it is behind us. Our goal is to get Daniel’s story out there so other families going through what we did can see that there is a light at the end of all the treatment.”

Daniel Kelleher

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Westwood PMC Kids Rides relies on local sponsors to help keep costs low and so that the PMC can continue to donate 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. If you or your company are interested in becoming a sponsor or to donate items (pizza, ice cream, snacks, sporting tickets, gift cards, baskets, etc) please click on the button below.